There are so many oils out there it's impossible to keep up, but many consider coconut oil the HBIC of all oils. Its gained such a glowing reputation because there aren't a lot of things coconut oil can't do. It's one of those do-it-all miracle oils that might as well be the beauty world's holy water. Not sure what all the hype is about? Well, coconut oil has the power to burn fat, bless you with healthy, thick hair, fight off bacteria, seamlessly remove makeup, work as a whitening toothpaste, and more. Although we could go on and on about its uses, today we're here to talk about hair, and the many ways coconut oil can help in that category.
How exactly should you be using coconut oil to transform your hair? Celebrity stylist to the stars Cynthia Alvarez, along with master stylist and colorist at IGK salon Stephanie Brown, share the many ways they put this magic oil to use. Arguably the best thing about coconut oil is its super cheap price tag. So if you don't have a jar, you're going to want to buy 10 after reading this.
Let's start this story off right with the answer we've all been waiting for: Does coconut oil make your hair grow? Yes, indeed it does. "Coconut oil will definitely help your hair grow healthier, thicker, and longer," Brown confirms. "The vitamins and fatty acids in coconut oil help nourish your scalp and penetrates the cuticle of the hair. A treatment mask about once every week or two weeks for five to 10 minutes will do the trick" (keep scrolling for Brown's favorite coconut oil-infused mask).
Alvarez agrees, adding that incorporating coconut oil into your routine creates the optimal environment for hair growth. "The vitamins and essential fatty acids also helps to remove sebum build-up from hair follicles, which speeds up growth," she explains.